PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Philadelphia 76ers guard Aaron McKie, the NBA's top sixth man last season, will miss Thursday's game against Utah because of a strained left ankle and Achilles' tendon.

McKie, who has missed the last seven games, was hoping to return after the All-Star break. But he was placed in a plaster cast that extends to his left knee on Tuesday morning and didn't practice Wednesday. Doctors will re-examine him on Thursday.

McKie is averaging 12.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game. He has missed 15 games this season after missing just seven the previous six seasons. Last summer, he signed a seven-year deal that could be worth as much as $42 million.